Also known as: Spoonbill Sandpiper, Spoonbilled Sandpiper, Spoon-bill Sandpiper
The Spoon-billed Sandpiper (or Spoonbill Sandpiper) is a critically endangered small wading bird that breeds in northeastern Russia. The migrant winters in south and southeast Asia.
The species breeds in coastal areas in extreme northeastern Russia. Habitat loss at all stages of life - breeding, migration, and wintering - all threaten the survival of this unusual species.
Because of the recent rapid decline of the global Spoonbill Sandpiper poplulation, a captive breeding program was started in the summer of 2011. Only time will tell if the breeding program will save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper from extinction.
From IUCN Red List: The Spoon-billed Sandpiper is listed as Critically Endangered
on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This charismatic species is listed as Critically Endangered because it has an extremely small population that is undergoing an extremely rapid population reduction. This is because of a number of factors, including habitat loss in its breeding, passage and wintering grounds, that are compounded by disturbance, hunting and the effects of climate change. Fledging success and juvenile recruitment are very low, leading to fears that the population is ageing rapidly; action is now urgently required to prevent the extinction of this species.